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Quality assurance

Programme - requirements and guidelines

The concept and curriculum adhere to the following formal requirements and guidelines:

  1. European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System ECTS of the European Commission- User´s Guide 2009
  2. Formal Requirements and Regulations of Ulm University
  3. The Mission of the European School of Oncology, Bellinzona/Milano
  4. European Society for Medical Oncology ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines
  5. Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe ACOE, Belgium: Guidelines for CME providers (e-learning materials and live events) on 04/22/2010
  6. Swissuni: Recommendations for quality development in university continuing education programmes, approved by the General Assembly on 10/02/2009
  7.  Qualifikationsrahmen für den schweizerischen Hochschulbereich nqf.ch-HS vom gemeinsamen Leitungsausschuss der drei Rektorenkonferenzen vom 23.11.2009

Quality of Learning Outcomes

The formative and summative programme evaluation considers different aspects to define if the programme achieved the learning outcomes (Kirkpatrick 1993, 2011):

  1. Reaction and satisfaction: to what degree participants react favourably to the Programme
  2. Learning: to what degree participants acquire the intended knowledge, skills, attitudes, confidence and commitment based on their participation
  3. Behaviour: to what degree participants apply what they learned during the Programme in their own professional field
  4. Result: to what degree targeted outcomes occur as a result of the Programme and subsequent reinforcement

The achievement of the different levels includes a comprehensive analysis of the following aspects:

Level 1 and 2:

1. Self-evaluation by the participants (existing and acquired knowledge, skills, competences) on each module and on the overall Programme
2. Structured evaluation of the modules and courses (content, lectures, presentation, structure, usability)
3. Online tests at the end of each e-learning module and a certificate exam at the seminar concluding the Programme

Level 3 and 4:
4. Online presentation (e.g. case-presentations, videoconferences)
5. Workshops in the seminars
6. The Programme Chairmen will regularly review the structure and the programme and continue to develop the curriculum

Quality of the Content

To ensure a formative and summative review process of the content quality, a scientific board was established. The board is composed of renowned, internationally recognised oncologists and scientists, approved by the chairs of the programme. The positions of the chairs, scientific directors and lecturers are characterised by different duties.

Lecturers will be asked to:

  • Development of the lectures according to the scientific requirements as discussed with the scientific director
  • Development of the lectures according to the formal requirements (style guide)
  • Development of the lectures according to the didactical requirements
  • Development of the lectures according to ethical, medico-legal and legal requirements
  • Adherence to deadlines
  • Supply of video recording of the lectures and further materials as requested
  • Approval that their own contents are posted on the learning platform
  • Availability to hold video-conferences with students on demand
  • Availability to participate in the seminars on a rotating basis and on demand.

Regular annual reviews

The processes and activities in the Programme will be reviewed by the scientific directors and the chairs once a year. This includes the timeliness and validity of the lectures and accompanying material.

Quality of Transfer

Upon completion of each Seminar, each Module and Unit and of the whole curriculum, participants will have to complete an online evaluation by answering a structured questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire will be reviewed by the chairs.

The following criteria will be reviewed:

  • Course topics (quality, preparation, timeliness, relevance for practical work)
  • Theory-practice transfer
  • Course documentation
  • References
  • Lecturers’ competence
  • Individual needs

Quality of Mentoring

Participants will be supported by a two-level tutoring support:

  1. Scientific-related support within a specific topic will be provided by the lecturer within a discussion forum. On the demand of the participants, lecturers will be asked to participate in a live webcast "meet-the-expert" session.
  2. Scientific-related support on the overall Programme will be provided by the chairs as tutors.
  3. Technical-related support will be provided by e-mail by the IT-provider Soon-Systems GmbH.

Quality of Media

Media quality will be assured by an e-Learning Style Guide, providing the standards to be followed when developing computer-based learning contents for the Programme.

The guide focuses on the following areas:

  1. Global Module Architecture
  2. Instructional Design Standards
  3. Graphical User Interface – Menu and Navigation
  4. Media Standards
  5. Writing Standards
  6. Evaluation Standards
  7. Quality Assurance

Learning Platform and SCORM Considerations (Shareable Content Object Reference Model)

The learning system launches learning content, keeps track of the learner’s progress, figures out in what order learning objects are to be delivered, and reports participants mastery through the e-learning units and modules. To standardise the learning contents and the tracking of the progress, the SCORM-standard is used by all methods within the Programme platform. The SCORM-standard consists of three parts: Overview, content aggregation model and run time environment.

Upon completion of each Unit and Module and at the end of the curriculum, learners will have to complete an online evaluation according to the learning system by answering a structured questionnaire.

The following criteria will be reviewed:

  • Tutoring and support
  • Interactivity
  • Attractiveness
  • Navigation

Quality of Lecturers

The lecturers will be selected by the scientific directors under the supervision of the chairs. To teach as lecturer in the Programme, oncologists and scientists have to fulfil the criteria of Ulm University, representing the academic demand. According to the demand of Ulm University, the Programme chairs ascertain the accreditation, authorisation, professorship, scientific and research activities, publications and/or the venia legendi of each lecturer.

Conflict of Interests

All faculty members will be required to disclose financial interests that might influence their presentation or participation.
The list of disclosed conflict of interests, or their absence, will be published in the learning platform.